This Mosaic Special Report examines how different broadcasters in the Middle East, including Alhurra, are reporting on the same stories. How do the underlying values, politics, and patriotism of each media channel impact what you see on the screen? What role does journalistic integrity and professionalism play? How do the governments in each region affect the way news is reported? And finally, how can we better understand each other by watching the vastly different reports coming from each network? To find answers, we talk to the producers and journalists responsible for news coverage from the wide range of Arabic language networks - independent, state-sponsored, Islamic and now even U.S. backed. Link TV's series, Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, features selections from daily TV news programs produced by national broadcasters throughout the Middle East. The news reports are presented unedited and translated, when necessary, into English.
Mosaic includes television news broadcasts from selected national and regional entities. Some of the broadcasters are state controlled and others are private networks, often affiliated with political factions. These news reports are regularly watched by 280 million people in 22 countries all over the Middle East.
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PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Jasmina Mirkovic; Oona Garthwaite
MAKEUP: Lynette Cameron
CAIRO RECORDING: Ahmed Rizk
CALLIGRAPHER: Ihsan Al Hammouri
RESEARCHERS: Mathew MacLean; Shadi Afifi
DIR. OF RESEARCH AND INFORMATION SYESTEMS: Roger Macdonald
MANAGER OF VIEWER RELATIONS; Robert Eisert
BROADCAST TEAM: Merin Mathew; Ceren Silva
PUBLIC TV STATION RELATIONS: Neil Sieling
PUBLIC RELATIONS & OUTREACH; Jennifer Spoerri
The Mosaic Set printed by: K/P Corporation; Your Needs/Our Purpose
FOOTAGE PROVIDE BY: Abu Dhabi TV; Al Arabiya TV; Alhurra TV; Aljazeera TV; Al-Manar TV; CNN; Fox News Channel; LBC TV; Syria TV
FUNDING PROVIDED BY: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Otto Haas Charitable Trust
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Kim Spencer
COPYRIGHT: Link TV 2004
AS'AD ABUKHALIL is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Cal State Stanislaus and the author The House of Bush and the House of Saud and Bin Laden, Islam, and America's New War on Terrorism. Mr. AbuKhalil is also a frequent commentator for Al Jazeera TV.<br>
JON ALTERMAN is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Alterman has worked for the State Department and has just returned from the Middle East where he talked with many of the players in Arab TV.<br>
JAMAL DAJANI is Director of Middle East Programming for Link TV. An Award-winning producer of MOSAIC: World News From the Middle East, Mr. Dajani has produced over 600 daily MOSAIC shows and specials and has participated in several other Link TV productions in an editorial capacity and as an analyst. He is a frequent guest on both local and national broadcast media.<br>
WENDY HANAMURA, host of MOSAIC Special Report Arab Television: War of Information and other Link TV productions, has been a television journalist for CBS and NHK-Japan and has produced documentaries and current event programs for the last 20 years. Her work has been broadcast on PBS, CBS, Discovery Channel, and Link TV, including the documentary she produced about her father's experiences in the all-Japanese American 442nd Combat Team, "Honor Bound: A Personal Journey."
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